December 2008 | Katmai Special


Editor’s Creel 8

Alaska Traveler 12

Fishing for a Compliment 16

Haugen’s Tackle Tech 22

Richey’s Salmon Sense 24

Advertiser Index 78

Fish Alaska Recipe 80

Final Drift 82

Fish Alaska Special


by Troy Letherman 44

A place of superlatives, discovery, and excitement. The Katmai region of Alaska defies description, but Fish Alaska editor Troy Letherman does one bang-up job of exploring this wonderland of adventure.


Enchanted Lake Lodge 

by Melissa Norris

Publisher Melissa Norris takes one for the “Trout Wall” at the Fish Alaska office while on this trek to the luxurious Enchanted Lake Lodge.

Fish Alaska All Tackle: Alaska’s Best Salmon Lure 

by Dave Vedder

The research was tough, but someone had to do it. Dave Vedder fishes the Alagnak River to compare catch rates for jigs, spinners, flies and spoons in this Fish Alaska exclusive.

Kinging Hard 

by Josiah Darr

The lower Alagnak River meanders to Bristol Bay through gravel bars, small lodges and old fish camps. But it’s not the scenery that draws fishermen back year after year. It’s the king salmon that lie beneath. Join Josiah Darr for a glimpse of this angler’s dream.

Fish Alaska Travel: Katmai Country 

by Barry and Cathy Beck

Barry and Cathy Beck spend each year traveling to and photographing some of the most beautiful places in the world. Here they’ve captured the heart of Katmai in all its wonderous forms. Text by editor Troy Letherman.

American Creek Float 

by JD Richey

A rollercoaster ride on high water leads JD Richey to fish with a unique brand of gusto. Join him for rainbows that leap eye-high and Dollies so fiesty they call them “mini-kings.”

Postcards from Katmai 

by Brian Woobank

Wish you were here. Brian Woobank sends home some fabulous postcards he took on his last trip to the fabled Katmai.

COVER / A true Katmai Beauty. © Barry & Cathy Beck